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Orange Cream Cake

Super moist orange cake topped with orange buttercream frosting making this a refreshing, summer dessert!

Orange Cream Cake Recipe

Are you still trying to figure out what to get your mom for Mother’s Day!? No worries, I got you covered with this super moist, delicious and easy to make Orange Cream Cake.

I usually don’t make cakes that often, especially not layered cakes because I am always nervous they are not going to look good. I’m no Cake Boss, maybe someday I will learn how to make those pretty frosting flowers but for now I will stick to the old fashion way of using a frosting spatula to frost my cakes.

I mean really all that matters is that the cake taste good, right!?

Orange Cream Cake


✔ This cake starts out by using an orange cake mix (I used Duncan Hines Signature Orange Supreme Cake Mix) and just like my Chocolate Marble Cupcakes I jazzed up the cake mix by adding 1 box of INSTANT Vanilla pudding, vegetable oil, milk, sour cream and eggs. I used two 9-inch round cake pans to make this cake.

Don’t OVERMIX the batter.  This will cause the cupcakes to be rather chewy instead of perfectly moist. You just want to mix until JUST combined, meaning that you should still seem some flour in the bowl.

✔ For the oh so delicious buttercream frosting, I made my favorite vanilla buttercream frosting using butter, powdered sugar, whipping cream and clear vanilla extract . I then stirred in  3 Tablespoons of sweet orange marmalade jelly to give the frosting a hint of orange flavor and the little pieces of orange marmalade SPRINKLED throughout the frosting gives it a little texture. 

Orange Cream Cake

Yield: 10-12 Cake Pieces

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

★ Make sure to read my BAKING TIPS above before you start baking!

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  • 1 box orange cake mix (I used Duncan Hines Orange Supreme Cake Mix)
  • 1 box (3.4oz) Vanilla INSTANT pudding mix, dry
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 (2 sticks) cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cups powered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream or milk
  • 3 Tablespoons sweet orange marmalade


PRE-STEP: Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray (2) 9x2 inch cake pans[ with nonstick spray. Set aside.

STEP 1: Use a electric or stand mixer, mix the cake mix, vanilla instant pudding mix, vegetable oil, milk, sour cream and eggs until combined.

STEP 2: Pour cake batter evenly into 2 prepared cake pans. Bake for 25-27 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Allow to cool before frosting.


STEP 3: Mix the softened butter on medium speed with an electric or stand mixer. Beat for about 3 minutes until smooth and creamy. Add powdered sugar, whipping cream, vanilla extract, and salt. Increase to high-speed and beat for 3 minutes. Using a spoon, stir in 3 Tablespoons of sweet orange marmalade until evenly distributed throughout the frosting.

STEP 4: Place 1 layer on your cake stand. Evenly cover the top with buttercream frosting. Top with 2nd layer and top with frosting and spread the frosting around the sides evenly. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.

 *Store cake covered in fridge for up to 3 days. Cake can be frozen for up to 2 months.

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42 Responses to “Orange Cream Cake”

  1. john ferraro — July 11, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Do I have to use sour cream in this cake recipe?

    • Jenn — August 31st, 2016 @ 11:36 am

      No, you don’t need to use sour cream. The sour cream just makes the cake mix a lot more moist but you don’t need it.

  2. pat — July 27, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    when i bake a boxed cake mix, i use milk instead of the water called for in the directions. using milk  makes a very moist cake.   water bakes away, milk stays in the mixture.   try it sometime.  my home economics teacher in high school told us about using milk and that was many many years ago!

  3. CHLOESMUM — July 4, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Creamsicles have always been one of my favorite summer treats, and this cake has totally captured the wonderful creamy orange taste.  I made this as a cake for my family and they all loved it! Next I plan to make it as mini cupcakes to bring to my Garden Club luncheon. As  garnish I’ll candy some orange peel and cut it into tiny hearts with a small cookie cutter.  If you don’t have a heart shaped cutter, use a large paper punch to get perfect circles. I’m sure this will be a big hit with the club members. Thanks for  sharing!  

  4. Lynda Moureau — July 27, 2014 at 6:39 am

    Hi Jenn,
    I made this orange cream cake last week. OMG! It’s like a yummy truffle! My family just loved it! Thank you for sharing it.
    It freezes very well. I cut the cake in individual pieces wrap them in wax paper than in a ziploc bag!

    • Jenn Kurkiewicz — July 28th, 2014 @ 7:55 am

      Hi Lynda,

      I’m so glad you loved my Orange Cream Cake, it’s one of my all-time favorite cakes! 🙂

  5. Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven — May 12, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    This cake is gorgeous, Jenn! I am loving the bright orange color that orange buttercream. Beautiful! pinned. 🙂

    • Jenn Kurkiewicz — May 13th, 2014 @ 8:03 pm

      Thanks so much for the pin, Sarah! 🙂

  6. foodlikecake — May 12, 2014 at 5:39 am

    This looks so good!

  7. Cooking In Stilettos (@cookinstilettos) — May 10, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Baking and I are still on a Ross/Rachel break when it comes to cakes – way too many horror stories to mention. However, this cake makes me think that I need to make it – and soon. Wonder if I could do it in cupcake form…

    • Jenn Kurkiewicz — May 12th, 2014 @ 8:48 am

      Cupcakes sound like a great idea, they would be delicious! 🙂

  8. nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — May 10, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Gorgeous!!! I don’t really do cakes that often either, but I’m gearing up for one soon. Wish me luck!!

    • Jenn Kurkiewicz — May 12th, 2014 @ 8:47 am

      Good luck, Nicole! I know your cake will be amazing, can’t wait to see it!:)

  9. Cravings of a Lunatic — May 10, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    This looks seriously yummy. I would love if someone baked me this for mothers day.

  10. Alyssa — May 10, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    I have never tried adding pudding mix to a cake mix for a cake before! So interesting! What affect does that have on the cake? I’m fascinated!

    • Jenn Kurkiewicz — May 12th, 2014 @ 8:46 am

      Alyssa, I love using pudding mix in my cake/cupcake recipes! Adding dry pudding mix to a cake mix makes the cake super moist and it adds a little more flavor to the cake. 🙂

      • Alyssa — May 12th, 2014 @ 11:44 am

        That is so interesting I have got to try it! Have you used pudding mix in cakes without a cake mix as a base and had similar results?

        • Jenn Kurkiewicz — May 13th, 2014 @ 8:02 pm

          Alyssa, I use pudding mix in both my from scratch cake/cupcake recipes and cake mix recipes with the same result! 🙂 I love pudding mix!

          • Alyssa — May 13th, 2014 @ 8:26 pm

            Good to know! I just bought a couple cake mixes so I have got to try it. Thanks for your help!!

            • Jenn Kurkiewicz — May 14th, 2014 @ 8:12 am

              I am always happy to help, and let me know what you think! 🙂

  11. huntfortheverybest — May 10, 2014 at 9:45 am

    it looks lovely!

  12. mostlyhomemademom — May 9, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Oh my word, does this look amazing! I love that it starts with a cake mix, too!

    • Jenn Kurkiewicz — May 10th, 2014 @ 10:51 am

      Thanks, I love using cake mixes anytime I can! 🙂

  13. Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — May 9, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Baking isn’t my favorite thing in the kitchen, so I *love* recipes that start with a cake mix! And since orange is one of my favorite flavors, I just know that we’re going to love this recipe. Yum!

    • Jenn Kurkiewicz — May 10th, 2014 @ 10:51 am

      Lana, you will LOVE this cake recipe it’s super easy and taste like you spend hours in the kitchen! Enjoy 🙂

  14. ashley — May 9, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    I love the orange buttercream on this cake!! This is so great for summer!

  15. Beth @ The First Year Blog — May 9, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Girl, yum. So glad we are orange cream buddies today!

    • Jenn Kurkiewicz — May 10th, 2014 @ 10:49 am

      YAY, for orange cream buddies!! 🙂

  16. Back for Seconds — May 9, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    This looks absolutely fantastic! So pretty and springy!

  17. Colleen (Souffle Bombay) — May 9, 2014 at 10:32 am

    So sping-y and pretty!!

  18. veganinthefreezernny McMeans — May 9, 2014 at 8:58 am

    I can just imagine a big bite of this. Mother will love it! Hubby too. 🙂

  19. Emily Thompson — May 9, 2014 at 8:45 am

    that looks amazing!!! Pinned it ;o)

    • Jenn Kurkiewicz — May 10th, 2014 @ 10:53 am

      Thanks for the pin, Emily! 🙂

  20. Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — May 9, 2014 at 7:43 am

    I absolutely love this! It looks beautiful and sounds divine!

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